Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy From Author
Thanks to a conversation with Colonel Fitzwilliam and some internal retrospection on his history with George Wickham, Mr. Darcy comes to some new conclusions about his actions (or inactions) regarding his knowledge and experience with Mr. Wickham. Determined that it isn’t too late to prevent Wickham from causing further damage and heartbreak, Mr. Darcy seizes the opportunity of warning Elizabeth Bennet (who he finds at Hunsford Parsonage) about Wickham’s true nature and proclivities. Mr. Darcy’s plans go awry when Elizabeth starts questioning him about seeing Jane in London and Mr. Bingley’s possible return to Netherfield. And a new realization dawns on Mr. Darcy – Jane has true feelings for Mr. Bingley… What has he done!?
While it may not seem like it at first, this is quite a fortuitous situation for our Mr. Darcy. I love that his eyes were opened to mistakes he made and I greatly admire the actions he took to correct them. He won my heart with his perseverance and earnest sincerity. It is always lovely to see a Mr. Darcy who isn’t shy about professing his ardent attachment. In addition, I adored the confessions he makes about his childhood antics – too funny!
For readers who love when Colonel Fitzwilliam is aware of Darcy’s romantic troubles and lends aid, you will be pleased to know he is instrumental (or may should I say detrimental) to the cause in this novella. Good thing Colonel Fitzwilliam isn’t in the navy because he has some loose lips… 😉 I wasn’t keeping score but it is hard to tell if Colonel Fitzwilliam caused more harm or good with his unexpected disclosures. Either way I enjoyed seeing him so involved with Darcy’s life, and it was humorous to witness what it is like when Colonel Fitzwilliam has no filter!
In this variation we do see these characters engage in more open and public communications about their private affairs. And while this openness is beneficial in some respects, it also felt a little improbable for the time period. In addition, I often wished that, for some of these conversations, others weren’t present. It felt awkward that they witnessed such personal exchanges. There was one conversation in particular that I would have loved to see more privacy and less brevity.
Despite my quibble I still found this charming novella to be as engaging and entertaining as the other Christie Capps novellas I have read. These stories truly are wonderful to read when real life gives you too much stress and too little time! 😉 Elizabeth is satisfyingly sweet read to treat yourself to on a busy day!